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Robert D. Rose Jr., 52, said this week that he and many other veterans who suffered
degenerative injuries while in the service have been denied access to opioid pain
medications and access to quality health care. Rose seeks personal damages of
$100 million “for pain, suffering and extreme torment” since Nov. 1, 2016, “after being forced
on pain medication taper on Oct. 15, 2016, as part of VA policies supported by (Roe).”
Just days after the horrific killings at a Sutherland Springs church, Congress quietly began
taking steps to assure that more former troops get mental health treatment as they
transition into civilian life, even if they get a less-than-honorable discharge.
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MEDAL OF HONOR PENSION
SPINA BIFIDA BENEFITS
Children of Women Vietnam Veterans Born with Certain Birth Defects
Using data compiled from longitudinal studies of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War
veterans, contributors to this groundbreaking book examine the effects of military service across
the lifespan. The US spends over 100 billion dollars annually on healthcare for more than 30 million
active military and veterans. The prevalence of negative trauma and post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD) among military veterans is well-known. But other more subtle effects of
military service—particularly on health and well-being in later life—are less well-understood, among researchers as well as medical and mental health professionals who care for veterans.
A veteran committed suicide by setting himself on fire in front of a New Jersey VA clinic after staff at the clinic repeatedly failed to ensure he received adequate mental health care, an investigation of the death found. Department of Veterans Affairs staff canceled an appointment Charles Ingram had in fall 2015 because a provider was unavailable, didn’t follow up to reschedule, and when he walked into the clinic to ask for an appointment, they didn’t schedule it until three months later,
About 1.7 million people serving in the U.S. armed forces have a big decision to make in the coming months, as the military undertakes a major overhaul of its retirement system. Beginning in January, the military is switching from a traditional pension system, in which retirees receive a monthly check for life based on their pay and years of service, to one that also includes investment accounts, like those commonly available to civilian workers. The new “blended” system is based, in part, on recommendations by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.
The U.S. Army quietly made it easier this summer for individuals with some history
of mental health problems to enlist in the service, but a top general pushed back
Tuesday on a report the Army had relaxed standards to meet increased recruiting goals.
A company blamed for some of the delays veterans face in getting appointments with
specialists collected nearly $39 million in overpayments. TriWest Healthcare Alliance is one of two companies with contracts to handle private doctor appointments and billing for the Veterans
Choice program. Now the VA Office of the Inspector General says TriWest has received those overpayments after billing the government at improper rates or collecting twice for the same treatment.
American military members hurt in service to their country should not have to wait a lifetime for the benefits they deserve. But that's a reality of the disability process at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which hasn't made paying benefits a priority and needs a hard kick from Congress to clean up its act.
Fall behind on your student loan payments, lose your job.
Few people realize that the loans they take out to pay for their education could eventually
derail their careers. But in 19 states, government agencies can seize state-issued professional
licenses from residents who default on their educational debts. Another state, South Dakota,
suspends driver’s licenses, making it nearly impossible for people to get to work.
The number of claims submitted reached 60 in 2017, up from 41 last year. Nearly three out of
four of those cases were also denied, even though the government posted a warning on its
website this year saying veterans who ate raw or undercooked freshwater fish while in Vietnam
might be at risk. It stopped short of urging them to get ultrasounds or other tests, saying there
was currently no evidence the vets had higher infection rates than the general population.
The inspector general recently reported to Congress that the two companies have collected
at least $89 million more than what they were supposed to. At least must be emphasized,
as the audit is still ongoing (the inspector general’s office says it should be completed
by the end of the year). TriWest is also being investigated by a federal grand jury for
possible wire fraud and misuse of government funds. “This was a senseless waste of
resources that could have been better spent on veterans’ health care”
That the Kim Jong-un regime is oppressive is not up for debate, but the wisdom of
pledging the United States to preventive military intervention in North Korea most certainly is.
Members of Congress like to use the term “heroes” on a routine basis when describing veterans. So it is shocking to discover that behind the scenes some members of the House Veterans Committee are seeking to significantly cut assistance for veterans pursuing valuable careers in commercial aviation.
Over the last few decades, while the rigors and requirements of military life have changed, the government has continued to provide a fairly encompassing set of benefits such as health insurance, housing, and other allowances to service members and their families. Unfortunately, today’s veterans find that few civilian employers will take care of them in the same paternal fashion as Uncle Sam.
When asked why the program was cut, spokesperson David Omura said:
"There could be grant funding allocated through the state and there was initial funding to help support
this program; however, we realize that all organizations are making budget decisions that need to be balanced thoughtfully. If support could be obtained through this avenue, I am confident that it would have been obtained already through our colleagues at the Lieutenant Governor's Office."
Many state and local organizations help veterans and their families.
Here are some resources for mental health and suicide prevention.
Sex: Odds Are It Won't Kill You
But when it is fatal, the victim is likely to be male.
The question from patients is always: “Am I at risk?”
This list highlights the federal response to a controversy which has courted public outrage and generated controversy regarding the quality of health care provided at the Manchester VA Medical Center.
As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is
exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon’s, a cost-saving measure
that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics.
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